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Despite advances in percutaneous coronary intervention, coronary artery bypass grafting remains the most effective intervention for complex coronary artery disease in survival, freedom from reintervention, and cost-effectiveness. To ensure that patients have access to this "gold-standard" treatment, a multidisciplinary team approach, rather than an individual cardiologist acting as a "gatekeeper," should be the standard of care when intervention is necessary, to ensure transparency, real patient choice, and genuine informed consent.

Original publication




Journal article


Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg

Publication Date





196 - 198


Angioplasty, Balloon, Coronary, Clinical Trials as Topic, Coronary Artery Bypass, Coronary Artery Disease, Humans, Patient Care Team